ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Non-farm Economy in Madhubani, Bihar

Based on a field study of two large settlements, the social dynamics of “rural” non-farm economy in the Madhubani district of Bihar are explored. Both these settlements—a census town and a gram panchayat— have a sizeable working population employed in a variety of non-farm occupations. The different types of non-farm activities in these locations are catalogued while examining the dynamics of caste, community and gender within the social organisation of the non-farm economy. The persistence of social hierarchies, differential incomes and discriminatory practices within the emergent non-farm economy are highlighted, even as the “traditional” jajmani-type social structure has nearly completely disintegrated.

Anokhi: In the Craft of Block-Printing

This case study documents the key role of Anokhi in reviving Rajasthani block-prints and changing the way that the craft has been marketed. It highlights the factors that have led to the company-s success and attempts to distil lessons that can be applied to other initiatives on marketing crafts.
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